“We do not have time to organize”, deplore the school principals

The deployment of rapid COVID-19 screening tests in schools in four red-light districts in Montreal and Laval is causing teeth to grind. School principals deplore the implementation of the tests in a hurry, at the last minute, without the help of medical staff from the health network.

“Our people are really motivated, but we are not at all in a situation where we are ready,” says Kathleen Legault, president of the Montreal Association of School Directions (AMDES).

School principals say they received during the day last Friday, just before the weekend, two videos showing how to proceed with the screening tests. To meet the requirements of the Ministry of Education, they had to have found volunteers to conduct the tests and have trained them for the return to class on Monday.

“We don’t have time to organize,” says Kathleen Legault. Medically untrained school personnel are at risk. “

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